My green Amaryllis!

Those of you who have been with me for a while know that I have a thing for green flowers. When I first saw the bulb and the adjoining tag, I was intrigued but suspicious. The photo wasn’t great. The color looked just a little dirty, as one might expect from anything sporting a mix of red and green. The intrigue won out however, so I brought a bulb home to see for myself.

See what I mean?

See what I mean?

The first thing I noticed was its cool, silvery, purple stem which shot up as soon as it got its feet in the soil.

The first thing I noticed was its cool, dark, silvery, purple stem which shot up as soon as it got its feet in the soil.

Here is the first of the four flower buds to break out. You can see how the red striations mingle with the green. This is why it looks a tad bit "off" - why one doesn't perceive it to have a clear green hue when it all opens up.

Here is the first of the four flower buds to break out. You can see how the red striations mingle with the green. This is why it looks a tad bit “off”  when viewed from a distance – why one doesn’t perceive it to have a clear green hue when it all opens up. I do love these buds, though! So cool…

The greenest part of the flower is where it attaches to the stem. The rest is, shall we say, a little muddled. Still pretty, but muddled.

The greenest part of the flower is where it attaches to the stem. The rest is, shall we say, a little muddled. Still pretty, but muddled.

The overall effect is almost more like a greenish yellow.

As it pales toward the edges, the overall effect is often more like a greenish yellow, but when the light is right, yes, it is decidedly green.

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For comparison, this Amaryllis is sold as white, under the name of 'Wedding Dance'. Personally, I think its chartreuse center makes it  a better "green" Amaryllis than 'Magic Green'. But, since I have a soft spot for oddities, I don't regret buying the 'Magic Green'.

For comparison, this Amaryllis is sold as white, under the name of ‘Wedding Dance’. Personally, I think its chartreuse center makes it a better “green” Amaryllis than ‘Magic Green’. But, since I have a soft spot for oddities, I don’t regret buying the ‘Magic Green’.

I had a feeling my color instincts were correct – and they were – but no matter. In the right light, it definitely has its shining moments, so I guess it qualifies for My Favorite Plant This Week – a meme hosted by Loree of Danger Garden. Happy Fave Day, and forgive me my spotty attendance!

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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8 Responses to My green Amaryllis!

  1. mattb325 says:

    That green is very subtle, but against the red markings it really stands out!

  2. annamadeit says:

    Yeah, I had hoped for a tad bit more, but I still like it! 🙂

  3. Kris P says:

    I picked up 2 ‘Magic Green’ amaryllis bulbs this season too. One is clearly not going to bloom – it’s put out leaves with no flower stalk in sight. The other bloomed but didn’t last long in the heat and wind we had earlier this week, which is too bad. Mine seemed more cream/pale yellow than green. Still, I’m going to try transplanting them somewhere in my garden – some Hippeastrum will naturalize here and look better in the garden (although some just shrivel and die).

    • annamadeit says:

      I agree – the light has to be right for you to really appreciate the green, as the red tends to diminish it – mine often looks yellow too. I saw this great post from HB where she planted her amaryllis bulbs in the ground to marvelous results. I say go for it – I SO wish they would survive up here. I’m turning as green as Magic Green just thinking of what I little California sun can do. Happy planting, Kris! http://pieceofeden.blogspot.com/search/label/Amaryllis%20hybrids

  4. rickii says:

    I’d say the namers overshot on this one. A worthy experiment, even so.

  5. Loree says:

    Indeed, while it’s a beautiful flower green it is not. The white one though, great green there!

  6. annamadeit says:

    I think it would certainly appear a lot greener if it didn’t have all that nullifying red in it. I’d send the breeders back to the hybridization lab.

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